|Prime Minister Stephen Harper's wife Laureen Harper holds Joey during her visit to the Edmonton Humane Society, in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Joey, who is up for adoption, nearly lost his leg to a severe infection. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI AGENCY)
EDMONTON - When Prime Minister Stephen Harper is not politicking, he's caring for the family chinchilla.
Men in suits and earpieces wandered the halls of the Edmonton Humane Society on Thursday as the prime minister's wife, Laureen Harper, paid a visit to the animal shelter.
Harper, a Humane Society volunteer who has fostered close to 200 kittens, visited the shelter to help promote pet adoption.
Harper had a photo op with Joey, a two-year-old cat that is suffering from an infected wound on his left leg. Despite a risk of losing its limb, aggressive treatment saved the feline from amputation.
"He deserves a second chance at life," she said. "He's really friendly, very nice guy. People should come to the shelters and look at some of the animals that aren't maybe so cute or so fluffy.
"We'd like you to take one or two of those too, but also look at some of the older animals, animals with very sad stories."
Harper researched chinchillas before taking one home two months ago.
Edmonton Humane Society spokeswoman Shawna Randolph said Harper was asking to see Labrador Retrievers.
Randolph hopes the visit will mean some of the cats at the shelter will find a home.